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Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr

Updated: Jul 06, 2016 13:02 IST

Lahore, July 6 (ANI): Pakistan is celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today with joy and fervor after the central moon-sighting committee announced that the Shawwal crescent has been sighted in different parts of the country.

Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman announced the sighting of the Shawwal crescent, saying Eidul Fitr will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday, reports the Express Tribune.

The announcement was made by Mufti after chairing a meeting of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee at Aiwan-e-Auqaf in Lahore.

He said the chances of sighting the crescent moon was equally divided because of its short life.

The announcement was made well past 9 p.m. local time.

While Gulf Arab countries on Monday announced that the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated today, few Muslim countries will be celebrating it on Thursday after sighting the moon.

Muslims in Turkey and Russia celebrated the festival on Tuesday, 5 July.

The starting day of Eid varies every year and from country to country depending on geographical location.

The crescent for the month of Shawwal marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.(ANI)